• Ski Resort Offers Asylum to Punxsutawney Phil After Police Issue Arrest Warrant

    PHOTO: Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, is held by the gloved hands of handler Ron Ploucha during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Feb. 2, 2015.

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    A New Hampshire ski resort is offering asylum to Punxsutawney Phil after police in the state issued an arrest warrant for the groundhog, accusing him of failing to disclose that six more weeks of winter would bring “mountains of snow.”

    The Gunstock Mountain Resort told ABC News today that it would welcome Punxatawney Phil to its slopes.

    “We figured we’d have a little fun with it,” Bill Quigley, director of marketing and sales at Gunstock Mountain Resort, said. “We figured it was the perfect place for the governor of Pennsylvania to send Phil up here just for awhile so he can enjoy winter.”

    On Tuesday, the Merrimack, New Hampshire Police Department wrote on Facebook it had an “arrest warrant” for Punxsutawney Phil, adding that the groundhog should be considered armed and dangerous after he “told several people that Winter would last 6 more weeks, however he failed to disclose that it would consist of mountains of snow!”

    ABC News’ Ben Candea contributed to this report.


  • So Cold, Police In Kentucky Issued Arrest Warrant for ‘Frozen’s’ Elsa

    PHOTO: Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen."

    Harlan City Police in Kentucky definitely didn’t “Let It Go.”

    It’s so cold in their area, that they put out an arrest warrant for “Frozen’s” Elsa.

    “All points bulletin!!! HPD has issued an arrest warrant for Queen Elsa of Arendelle,” the department’s Facebook page read.

    It continued, “Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song “Let it Go!” As you can see by the weather she is very dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend her alone.”

    The funny post came after Kentucky was hit with an unusual amount of snow recently during the past few harsh winter weeks. The temperature in Harlan at 5 p.m. today was a frozen 11 degrees.


  • Jack Frost, Elsa, Punxsutawney Phil Wanted by Police, But Who’s to Blame for Winter?

    Feb 20, 2015, 4:20 PM ET

    It’s a cold case perplexing law enforcement departments across the country – who’s to blame for the snow and sub-zero temperatures this winter?

    In connection with the mounds of snow and frozen tundra that the United States has become, police have issued arrest warrants for three suspects: Jack Frost, also known as Old Man Winter; Queen Elsa of Arendelle, also known as the Snow Queen from Disney’s “Frozen”; and, Punxsutawney Phil, also known as – well, the groundhog that sees (or doesn’t see) his shadow in early February every year.

    In Eaton, Ohio, police have accused Jack Frost of “dumping snow and ice on roadways and sidewalks, leaving a wake of cold air, causing excessive snow shoveling, missed school days, and frost nipped noses.” Police also warned that he may be traveling with Frosty the Snowman.

    The low temperature there was forecast at -8 degrees today.

    PHOTO: Eaton Police Division in Ohio posted this WANTED notice for Jack Frost in the midst of a brutal winter.

    Eaton Police Division
    PHOTO: Eaton Police Division in Ohio posted this WANTED notice for Jack Frost in the midst of a brutal winter.

    Further south, in Harlan, Kentucky, police searched for Elsa, describing her as a “blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song “Let it Go!” Today’s low in Harlan was -11 degrees.

    Police in Merrimack, New Hampshire, seemingly started the trend, accusing Punxsutawney Phil of failing to disclose that six more weeks of winter meant “mountains of snow.” The low temperature there today was 3 degrees.

    It’s unclear if police in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Phil lives, would extradite the groundhog to Merrimack if he was arrested. A ski resort about an hour from Merrimack has since offered Phil asylum.

    Police in Merrimack also posted an incorrect photo of Phil, instead using a photo of the mischievous gopher from the 1980 Bill Murray film “Caddyshack.” That may explain why he hasn’t been found yet.

    Especially cold weather has plagued much of the country this week, with at least 70 record lows broken today from Indiana to Connecticut to Florida.

    As of 1 p.m., 22 states were under winter advisories, watches, or warnings.


  • Greensboro Police Department looking for a known criminal: Punxsutawney Phil

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Police Department is looking for a known criminal.

    Punxsutawney Phil, also known as “The Groundhog,” is wanted for causing extreme, prolonged harsh weather in the Piedmont Triad.

    The Greensboro Police Department released these photos of the wanted creature.

    Greensboro Police Department looking for a known criminal: Punxsutawney Phil

    Phil can be extremely aggressive and is known to chuck wood.

    Anyone who knows the whereabouts of this varmint is asked to call Crime Stoppers at(336) 373-1000 or text the keyword BADBOYZ and your tip to 274637.

    Greensboro-Guilford Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to the arrest of Punxsutawney Phil.

     

    Police in New Hampshire have issued an “arrest warrant” for Punxsutawney Phil, citing his failure to disclose that six more weeks of winter “would consist of mountains of snow.”

    Merrimack police uploaded a humorous post to its Facebook page that it was issuing a “warrant” for Phil, the groundhog who saw his shadow last Monday and “forecasted” six more weeks of winter.

    “We have received several complaints from the public that this little varmint is held up in a hole, warm and toasty,” reads the department’s post, which has received nearly 2,000 “likes” and has been shared more than 3,400 times.

    Parts of New England have seen record snowfall this winter. February was Boston’s snowiest month on record, according to the city’s mayor.

    It’s unclear if police in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Phil lives, would extradite the groundhog to Merrimack if he was arrested.

    Police in Merrimack also posted an incorrect photo of Phil, instead using a photo of the mischievous groundhog from the 1980 Bill Murray film “Caddyshack.”

    “If you see him, do not approach him as he is armed and dangerous,” wrote the department.

    Records dating back to 1887 show Phil has only predicted an early spring 17 times.

    The Associated Press contributed to this article.